Thomas Hardy’s Poetry

Thomas Hardy’s somber poems reflect the religious doubt/ skepticism of the Victorian era. Prevalent themes of his poetry include: spirituality and god, death, heartbreak, and nature. His poetry is an expression of his own a-religious feelings and the rising deviation from religion of people in the Victorian era in general. His poems seem pessimistic and dark at first, but in my opinion, they are simply realistic, and it’s up to individuals to accept the ‘harsh’ reality in order to fully enjoy his poetry.
Apart from the rising religious doubt of the Victorian era, there was another important factor that heavily influenced Hardy’s poetry: industrialization. Industrialization disconnected man from nature and urbanized people’s way of life. Romantic poets such as Thomas Hardy took issue with this because they valued the ‘spirituality’ of nature. They recognized that people are animals that have a direct relationship with nature, and that disturbing this connection is bound to have negative consequences.
Thomas Hardy’s style of poetry is not difficult to understand, however, it is rich with imagery which makes it enjoyable to read. He often uses nature imagery, emphasizing the importance he places on the natural world. In my opinion, Thomas Hardy played an important role in the secular movement, as he turned skepticism into art and made it darkly beautiful to the masses.


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